The actress felt it was her duty considering the upbringing Kidman had as the daughter of a woman who was a women's rights pioneer in Australia.
"The reason I chose the subject of women is because I was raised by a mother who was very passionate about having her daughters educated and wanted her daughters to have equal opportunities, and I'm a product of that. So now I'm out there hoping to pass on to the next generation and work in a greater capacity than just as an actress," Kidman says to the UN body.
Kidman brought a petition with more than 5 million names to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"We thought that the more names we collected, the stronger our case to make ending violence against women a top priority for governments everywhere," Kidman says.
The Australia star says in her address that one in three women is reportedly abused at some point.
November 29, 2008
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